The Nationals arrived after midnight yesterday in Chicago after the exciting win in Nationals Park on Saturday. The Nats woke up and evened this NLDS at 1-to-1. After Max Scherzer tweaked his hamstring, he was moved to start today and will match-up with Jose Quintana who the Cubs acquired from the local White Sox.
This is Quintana’s first post-season and many Chicago sports media members are concerned with his mound demeanor in this big game. The Nationals must frustrate Quintana early and often as that is how you get to him.
This game will put one of these team’s up two-games-to-one and will put one team tomorrow on the brink of elimination. All of these games are huge, and it should be another exciting game in this best-of-five-games NLDS.
Dusty Baker: “This is hero time.”
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) October 9, 2017
On the line-ups, Maddon made a few changes and Dusty Baker is going with this rubber stamp line-up and will not play Howie Kendrick in leftfield even though Kendrick is 5-for-10 in his career versus Quintana. Jayson Werth in this series is 0-for-7 and is coming off of a .139 final month of the season and his September/October batting average is now .127. Some would say it just means Werth is due while others would say Werth is just done. Dusty will stick with his gut and that means sticking with Jayson Werth.
Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals
Stadium: Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
1st Pitch: 4:00 pm EDT
TV: TBS, MLB.TV
Nats Radio: 106.7 FM The Fan; SiriusXM® XM 183 Sirius 216 (Internet 869)
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) October 9, 2017